Hello and welcome to bowlingbybike.com My name is Alex Bowling and this blog serves to record my observations of life sitting up the saddle, turning the pedals one at a time.
When I began bowlingbybike in October of 2010 it was with the intention of recording my cycle-touring adventures so friends and family could follow along. I also figured I would meet people along the way who might be interested to know “what happened to that guy on the bike who….?
The comments I’ve received are as you might expect; discussing the places I’ve travelled, the people I’ve met, the events I’ve participated in and of course the food I ate along the way. There has, however, been a result I never anticipated, one that makes it all so worth while.
Just before my mother died in April of 2010, I promised her I would begin to really live my life, to travel and meet people; to do the things that truly make me a happy person rather than simply existing in a dissatisfying rut. Thus inspired, I hit the road. From my mother’s death–and my father’s in July of 2012–I finally came to realize that life is short. If we don’t live it while we can, we may find we don’t have the chance to do so later on. What I never expected, however, was that others would come to learn the same lesson as a result of following my own road to discovery.
Three years ago, bowlingbybike was intended to be a place I could post pretty pictures and blab about the places I visited. Never did I ever imagine it would take so many people on their own journey. This being the case, I now know that the deaths of my parents were not in vain, that bowlingbybike serves a greater purpose. I thank you all with every fibre of my being for honouring them, by honouring yourself.
As I continue to explore my world perched upon the saddle I hope you, too, will find your own path to happiness, one turn of the pedals at a time.